I am not a Christmas fan, as anyone who knows me (or who's been reading my blog for a while) can attest to. In 2011 I had a general moan about it all and in 2012 I mused the notion of banning Christmas presents.
But last year, I decided to ease off the Scrooge-ness and try to enjoy myself, by making a list of what I actually like about Christmas. After all, I don't hate every single thing. What I hate is all the expectation and debt and over-consumption and waste. I loved Sarah's post last year about how we get to choose what our Christmas looks like which is so, so true. I've already ditched some of the stuff I really don't like, such as sending cards, buying presents for every man and his dog, going to works nights out, so this year, I've taken things a step further and focused on what I do enjoy about the season, an set myself 12 fun things to do over the coming month. And here they are!
1. Make the house smell like Christmas
2. Have some natural festive decorations
3. Make up a shoe box
4. Donate a child's present to an appeal
5. Make mulled wine
6. Make everyone a handmade present
7. Buy a new (to me) dress for Christmas Day
8. Make something crafty and seasonal
9. See It's A Wonderful Life at the Cinema
10. Make mince pies
12. Read Christmas stories
So its mostly about scents, reading. buying gifts and making nice things. This sounds like my sort of Christmas! I've finished one item already and started a couple more but I'll blog about them in December. Don't want to get caught up in the Christmas spirit too early....
What are your plans for the festive season, whether you love it or loathe it?